There is nothing quite like the mutual affection, companionship, and love that dogs add to our lives. It is estimated that up to 80 million dogs are kept as pets in the United States, but that number can be misleading. The reality of millions of strays, overpopulation due to ill-advised breeding, and abandonment creates adverse conditions for many dogs. Shelters are full to capacity, and unfortunately, approximately 1.4 million dogs are euthanized annually. Although some are old, sick or injured, most are otherwise healthy animals, simply too much for the shelter to handle. It is a heartbreaking situation for all involved.
National Puppy Day was established in 2007, and organizers hope to garner attention for the plight of shelter puppies in need of rescue. The movement is adamantly against the concept of for-profit “puppy mills”, and instead urge that prospective pet parents go straight to the shelter to meet their new family member. Don’t Forget the Elders: Adopting mature dogs is especially meaningful as abandoned adult canines are often very sad and confused about why they are not at home with their family. Taking home a puppy and an adult companion is a loving move that will make a real difference in a dog’s latter years.
National Puppy Day is the perfect opportunity to recognize all of the dedicated people who work tirelessly every day to rescue these animals from dire situations, nurse them back to physical and emotional health, and go to heroic lengths to locate the best home for them. If you wish to thank the shelter team who took care of your puppy with as much care as you will, a floral arrangement or green plant is a gesture that is sure to be appreciated.
Dogs from rescue shelters are among the most gentle-spirited, joyful animals you can bring into your home. On National Puppy Day, consider adopting a puppy from a San Antonio rescue shelter. If that is not an option for you, a small donation will go a long way to support their work. The Flower Bucket is privileged to design custom arrangements for any occasion, so give us a call. We love celebrating your family, whether human or canine!